Here’s Why Some People Got Scared Off Eating BK Whoppers.
Burger King Drops Silvercrest
Investigators weren't focused on Burger King nor did they test their products but media attention honed in. Upon learning about the contamination in other places, the fast food company discontinued their relations with Silvercrest and looked to alternative suppliers in Germany and Italy.
Please note that a House of Commons Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs report did not blame UK or Irish producers. According to their findings, there existed a complex network of criminals that mislabeled and beef products. It was an overwhelming case of fraud.
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Findings of Pork
Unfortunately, during this study there were also traces of pork found in beef and beef products, which raised concerns for those who choose not to eat pork for personal reasons or reasons of faith.
While the presence of pork is more explainable than horsemeat, as pork was also being processed at the Silvercrest plant, it didn't make it any more acceptable.
Silvercrest Shut Down For Deep Cleaning
Silvercrest is one of the largest supplies for burgers and it was shut down for deep cleaning after findings of equine DNA. To show how seriously they took this case, the parent company also appointed a new management team.
Burger King Launches an Independent Test
According to an article by Telegraph in 2013, Burger King conducted an independent test of a second batch of burgers produced by Silvercrest. They did not find pork or horse DNA.
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